Tuesday, February 8

My favorite quote

This week at TFC it's all about new words or favorite quotes, however since all of my new words end up being ridiculed by my kids (though I still maintain that 'zoogle' will one day be what all the cool kids will be saying - you heard it here first!). So instead I thought I'd talk about my favorite quote, which, coincidentally is from my all time favorite book: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin

"Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,
Only in dying life:
Bright the hawk's flight
On the empty sky. —The Creation of Éa"

I love this quote so much and from the first time I read it over twenty years, I still think about it whenever I need to try and find balance and peace. For me it perfectly captures the zen nature of life and it also reminds me of what an amazing writer Ursula K Le Guin is. So that's my favorite quote (and btw, if you haven't read A Wizard of Earthsea then you really must - it's the story of a boy wizard but written long before Harry Potter ever came along!), but what about everyone else? Do you have a quote that you turn to again and again? If so, I'd love to hear it!


Alyson Noel said...

That is a beautiful quote! Totally & completely ZOOGLE!! (That's good, right?) Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Ashby said...

Hehehe - Alyson, thank you so much for joining the Zoogle Express, now I know we can make things happen! And yes, isn't the quote gorgeous. It has been my friend for a long time now!

Shannon Lee Alexander said...

I'm going to have to go with pretty much anything Atticus Finch says in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. If I have to pick a favorite, I'd say it is this moment when Atticus explains to Jem why he had him read to cranky old Mrs. Dubose before she died.

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

Always keeps me striving.

Amanda Ashby said...

Shannon - I was just thinking the other day that I need to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and now you've sealed it for me! That is a great quote - sometimes it's hard to see someone's character until they're under extreme pressure!!!